Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada

The adventurer and map maker's formative years

by Jerry Lockett

A fascinating account of the famous Captain James Cook and the formative years he spent learning navigation, map-making and naval command during turbulent years in Atlantic Canada
The skills, knowledge and experience that took Captain James Cook to the South Seas and around the world seemed to come out of nowhere. In fact, as author Jerry Lockett has discovered, their foundation was laid during the time he spent in Atlantic Canada. His experiences on Canada's east coast and the naval men he met there shaped him to become one of the most successful explorers of all time.
Cook arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1758 as a competent but undistinguished warrant officer in Britain's Royal Navy. Over the next nine years he learned the complex skill of navigation and prepared many detailed maps of the coastline and key harbours. He left with the skills and reputation that made him an obvious choice to lead a voyage of exploration to the far side of the world.
In this absorbing and well-researched biography Jerry Lockett tells us of Cook's experiences as a young man and of the influential men who became his mentors and patrons. He also describes Cook's role in the key British military actions at Louisbourg and Quebec which brought an effective end to the French regime in North America.

About the Author

Jerry Lockett
JERRY LOCKETT is an independent historian and editor. A two-time Atlantic Journalism Awards finalist, his work has appeared in New Scientist, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Geographical Magazine, Equinox, Cruising World, Blue Water Sailing, and other publications. An experienced sailor and yachtmaster, he spent five years as a charter yacht captain in the Caribbean and now lives and sails in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


"This is a book for every resident of the Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador to read and treasure, and a "must-have" volume for any student of marine history."
Oceans Association Newsletter
"...the main features of Cook's work in North American waters are nicely outlined. The writing is clear and direct."
Barry Gough, The Northern Mariner
"On occasion an historical publication will appear that one wishes one had written oneself, and Jerry Lockett's superb study of the Canadian career of James Cook is just such a work...demonstrates with clarity, pragmatic explanation, and unassailable detail the formative character of Cook's relationship with Canada...

Lockett's excellent, readable work belongs on the shelf alongside Beaglehole, Robson, and others who have led the way in illuminating the life and achievements of this extraordinary Yorkshire navigator."

Victor Suthren, Cook's Log, The Captain Cook Society


Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction
2010 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award

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